The 2 Marvel Villains the Russo Brothers Want to Bring Into the MCU

Over the entirety of the MCU, there have been numerous antagonists, ranging from sketchy businessmen like Iron Man’s Obadiah Stane to the justly angry Killmonger in Black Panther. All have been complex to a certain degree, and all are derived from villains from the Marvel comics. Everything has led up to a fight against the toughest bad guy of them all: Thanos. But after Avengers: Endgame, who will our heroes face? Joe and Anthony Russo have some ideas.

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo| Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic

The Russos involvement thus far

The Russo Brothers have been very, very busy for the last several years. After directing what was just their third film together, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they signed on for three more Marvel Cinematic Universe projects: Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame.

It has been heavily reported and at least partially confirmed that Endgame is something of, well, an end for Captain America / Steve Rogers and actor Chris Evans, who they’ve worked with more than anyone else in the MCU. When asked about their feelings on how they’ve seen his story arc through, Anthony said, “That’s been one of the great joys of our journey through the MCU is just working with Chris Evans and figuring out how much dimension that character has and how many new places we can take him.”

The villains they’d like to see in the MCU

SYFY WIRE’s Caitlin Busch went for a question that they could answer: “If you could pick any big bad from Marvel’s comics to bring in now… after the Fox [merger] you have such a large universe to work with, who would you pick?” “Doctor Doom,” said Joe straight away, referring to the frequent foe of the Fantastic Four. Anthony agreed. “Doctor Doom or Kraven,” Joe added, the latter of which is reportedly set to star in his own upcoming film in the Sony Marvel Universe.

When asked why, he said, “Kraven because I just love that storyline… I think that Spider-Man [and] Kraven arc would be amazing to see. And I think the tone of that would be super cool.” He continued, “Doctor Doom I just love the sort of Shakespearean mythology behind him as a character, and he’s another fascinating character that has had different interpretations in the books so I think you can shade him in really complex ways.”   

Will the Russos continue to work with Marvel?

Marvel is keeping mum about what’s to come after Endgame — even the films that have been confirmed are rarely discussed beyond casting and staffing news. The Russos have done such an incredible job with the massive franchise so far, so the question becomes: will they be a part of any more MCU flicks?

Unsurprisingly, there’s no definitive answer here, with Joe making vague statements like “the door is always open” in an interview with Boxoffice Pro. However, he also talked about the “tight, collaborative process” of working with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who are now working with the Russos production company. And in an interview with BuzzFeed, the writers stated that they were “taking a break” from working with the MCU for now. So chances are, the Russos are too, and a new Doctor Doom may be a ways off.

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